Explanation: This meme is basically a blank canvas for your imagination. Ideas just really ran wild on this one. Every meme has an overall theme, but this was the most versatile. It can mean you’re feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, scared, or confused. The dust has settled since its initial explosion, but it was a defining moment for SpongeBob memes.
Dispatcher: Police, what’s your emergency?
Bill Rothstein: At 8645 Peach Street, in the garage, there is a frozen body, it’s in the freezer. There’s a woman there you might wanna pick up and question.
D: 8645 Peach Street?
D: How do you know that, sir?
BR: Trust me. I know.
D: Who are you?
BR: I’m the guy who lives there.
D: What is your name, sir?
BR: Bill Rothstein.
D: And what is her name?
BR: Marjorie Diehl.
D: Ok, and Marjorie Diehl is at that residence now?
D: Who is she to you, sir?
BR: I’ll give you guys my story later on.
D: There’s a frozen body in the freezer?
BR: In the garage, that is correct.
D: Do you know who the person is in the freezer?
THEN THE EPISODE ABRUPTLY ENDS.
While the writers on the second season of Netflix’s Dear White People knew they were being provocative by tapping into conversations about abortion and racist attacks online, they did not anticipate how on the nose they would be by giving Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) a pivotal cameo as a black conservative who’s marketed herself as a protector of free speech.
According to Dear White People creator Justin Simien, Thompson’s character Rikki Carter first started with the idea to bring a student speaker to the Winchester campus this season, and he thought it’d be especially interesting if the speaker was a person of color/model-minority type.
“This was before I knew Kanye was gonna say what he said, this is before I knew Candace Owens existed,” Simien told BuzzFeed News at Netflix’s recent FYSee event in Los Angeles.
Simien is, of course, referring to recent events like Kanye West’s TMZ Live interview where he sat with Owens, a conservative YouTuber, and talked about how black people are still in the plantation mindset and need to start thinking more freely.
After all the success they had with the film version of Dear White People, Simien was eager to incorporate his friend Thompson, who played Sam White in the film version of Dear White People, into the show in a way that would blow people’s minds. One night before bed, a monologue emerged in Simien’s head that he transcribed and read back to himself in the morning to know if it was good. When he and his writers confirmed that it was, Simien knew the second season of the show had to find a way narratively to get to that monologue, and that Thompson had to be the one to deliver it.
“I’m not sure how we get there. I’m not sure if she’s available. I don’t know if we can work this out, but it has to all lead to this,” he said.
That monologue ended up being the one Rikki Carter gives Sam White in the season finale right before Carter is about to give her speech to the Winchester campus, where she reveals that her conservative crusade is all an act she’s monetized, just like how she anticipates White will make money off her Dear White People radio show after graduation. Simien says part of the reason he wrote the big reveal for Carter is because it’s hard “to reconcile that a Candace Owens goes home and believes everything that she just said.”
Simien described the monologue scene as a “glitch-in-the-Matrix type moment in Sam’s reality.” The impetus for the scene is the notion that modern-day public figures have to be a package or brand, “and the thing about a brand is that a brand doesn’t change over time, but people change every day,” he added.
Carter’s monologue is what finally pushes White to ask herself if she is defined by more than just her anger, and if the anger is actually something leading her to liberation, or trapping her in the permanent victimhood her critics claim she’s in.
Logan Browning, who plays the TV version of Sam White, told BuzzFeed News that working with Simien and “OG Sam” Thompson was a dream moment — even if Thompson was on set much too fast for them to compare notes on playing the role. Browning felt the love and support from Thompson when she took over playing White, but they did not meet until they saw each other at a screening of Coming to America shortly before filming scenes together.
Browning says she felt it helped that the first time she met Thompson was outside a work setting, “especially because she was playing this character that was, you know, antagonizing mine, so I love that I got to meet her first, and know that, ‘Yeah, this is just a role.’”
Browning has also really enjoyed the fan reaction to their pivotal scene.
“I love everyone online sending the Spider-Man memes, that’s my favorite, when they send the two Spider-Mans meeting,” she said.
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MTV has suspended production on Catfish: The TV Show to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by its star and executive producer, Nev Schulman.
“We take these allegations very seriously,” a spokesperson for the network told BuzzFeed News.
“We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation and we’ve put a pause on shooting until the investigation is completed.”
No further information about the nature of the allegation was provided. Critical Content didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The news of the suspended production comes after Ayissha Morgan, a woman who appeared in a Season 4 Catfish episode, uploaded videos to a YouTube channel claiming she was sexually harassed during filming.
In a statement to the Daily Beast, Schulman denied the allegations.
“The behavior described in this video did not happen and I’m fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth,” Schulman said. “I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions—but these claims are false.”
Morgan did not name Schulman but instead referred to a “Jack,” whom she described as the “main person” on the show.
She said the man continued to compliment her and asked if she was a lesbian or bisexual. “I don’t think you’re a lesbian. You need to let me take you out,” she says the man told her.
She also said he asked her if she had had sex with a guy. “He was like, ‘Well, I think you should try it. I have a big dick. I would tear your ass up,'” she said.
“I’m shook because the way you portray yourself on TV is totally different from the jackass you are in person,” she said. “He was just pushing and pushing and pushing.”
She says the man invited her to hang out at their hotel, but she only went because she thought other people from the show would be there. When they were alone, she said he asked her to “cuddle,” which she declined.
“With so many girls still doing the show, I would feel like a jackass if I hadn’t said anything,” Morgan said.
Catfish: The TV Show premiered on the network in 2012, two years after the success of Schulman’s 2010 documentary film of the same name.
The show follows Schulman and his investigative partner, Max Joseph, as they help individuals find out if the people they’ve fallen in love with over the internet are who they actually say they are.
The show is currently going into its eighth season.
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